September 5, 2019

Do Arminians and Calvinists Worship the Same God? How? This question never dies. While most Christians on both sides of the divide say yes, some on both sides say no. Because I have openly admitted here that consistent Calvinism turns God into a monster and makes it difficult to tell the difference between God and the devil, some have assumed I believe the answer must be no. However, I have never said that Arminians and Calvinists worship different Gods. I… Read more

September 1, 2019

First, why does this matter? Why talk about the relationship between science and theology here and now? Because the “conflict model” that pits them against each other is still intense—both among scientists and devout Christians who are not scientists. Many moderate Christians feel caught in the middle and do not know how to answer questions about modern science and Christian thought including the Bible but also traditional Christian doctrine. There is a felt need for a peace between modern science and classical Christian theology. Read more

August 29, 2019

Has Science Buried God? John Lennox Says No Recently I found and viewed an interview on Youtube that constitutes one of the best examples of Christian apologetics I have ever heard or read. Please view and listen to it. It is part of a series called “Socrates in the City.” The title is “Has Science Buried God?” The interviewer is conservative Christian writer Eric Metaxas and the interviewee is retired Oxford professor of mathematics and philosophy of science John Lennox…. Read more

August 25, 2019

One Simple Way to Distinguish between Fundamentalism and Liberalism in Christian Theology I have often been asked if there is a litmus test for determining whether a church or person or organization is liberal theologically. I have also often been asked if there is a litmus test for determining wither a church or person or organization is fundamentalist. I begin by answering that not every church, person or organization is either one. Most people who ask me for these litmus… Read more

August 22, 2019

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Spoke in Hitler’s Wheel? Recently here, on this blog, there has been some discussion about the quote often attributed to Bonhoeffer about the Christian’s duty to be or put a “spoke in the wheel” of an unjust government or social order. The quote takes several forms as it gets repeated. But the “gist” of it is that the job of a Christian in relation to an unjust government is to be or put a spoke in the… Read more

August 20, 2019

Could I Attend a Calvinist Church? The simple answer is—“it depends.” Here’s a hypothetical case useful for answering the question. Hypothetical case: I move to a small town where the only evangelical church is Calvinistic. (I don’t say “Reformed” because many “Reformed churches” are not Calvinistic. That is to say, they do not embrace full-bodied, classical Calvinism.) Back to the case: In this small town the only evangelical Protestant church is classically Calvinistic. Their statement of faith includes affirmation of… Read more

August 15, 2019

Cruelty to Children: Clear Evidence of Evil Recently I watched an interview with the head of the U.S. Government’s ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agency. The previous day the ICE and local law enforcement had raided a business in a Southern U.S. state and hauled off hundreds of undocumented immigrants said to be in the U.S. illegally. The program showed a little girl sitting on the front steps of her school. She had just learned that her father had been… Read more

August 11, 2019

Who Is Helping Christians Cope with Non-Christian Messages? Some years ago I felt called to use my four degrees in religious studies and (now) many years of teaching Christian theology to help Christians discern between cultural messages that are compatible with Christianity and those that are not. I have used this blog for that. In fact, that call is one of the main reasons I began this blog—about eight years ago now. I have composed and posted well over a… Read more

August 8, 2019

The Watershed Difference between Calvinism and Arminianism John Piper and other aggressive Calvinists continue to hammer away at their readers and listeners about “the watershed difference” between Calvinism and Arminianism. According to them it is salvation by grace alone. Allegedly, only Calvinism really protects the truth of salvation by grace alone because all alternatives, including Arminianism, give some credit to the sinner for choosing saving grace. In other words, allegedly, if saving grace is freely chosen and not imposed by… Read more

August 5, 2019

What’s Behind the Frequent Mass Shootings in the United States? My fear is that mass shootings are becoming so frequent that many people, perhaps most people, will begin to take them for granted as “just the way things are.” My hope is that a special group of sociologists and psychologists will form a task force and study the shooters to figure out what they have in common and what is prompting them to commit these mass murders. The only thing… Read more

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